How to measure what your mama gave you!
Whether we like the reminder or not, your body measurements are far more important than what those weigh scales say. And whilst your actual weight is nothing but a number, it is those numbers in inches that make a difference to your wardrobe.
A huge part of looking your best, and the most ‘together’ is when your clothing fits well, and as importantly, is super comfortable.
Keeping tabs on body measurements is also a great way to see progress when you are following a fitness or weight loss regime.
A good tailor would be able to get accurate measurements for you, but, tape in hand, there is no reason you can’t do it yourself!
The body measurements you need;
These are the numbers you need for the benefit of better fitting clothes. If you are on a weight loss or fitness regime, you might find that keeping tabs on your thigh and upper arm circumference helps also.
Tools of the trade.
Now, you’ll find out pretty quickly that metal type measure is not going to give you accuracy when taking your body measurements. Ideally, you need a cloth tape to do this job properly.
Make sure you measure yourself as naked as possible. Measuring yourself over clothes isn’t helpful, and you must let the tape rest on your skin without being tight or digging in.
To accurately measure your chest, you need to place one end of the tape at the fullest part of your bust. . Without applying too much pressure, gently take the tape around your back (across your shoulder blades) and under arm to meet the beginning of your tape.
Use the measure as you would a belt. You are looking to measure your ‘natural’ waistline. If it’s not too obvious, this should be above your navel, yet below your ribcage.
To measure your hips, starting on one side, take the tape over the largest part of your buttocks and around to meet the tape where you started. Be careful to make sure the tape remains straight at the back, to give a true measure.
For your inside leg, you need to take the measurement from the top most part of your upper thigh, down to the bottom of your ankle.
This isn’t as easy as it sounds if you are on your own!
You can always ask someone to do it for you. Alternatively, if you have a pair of trousers you are confident fit you well, you can simply measure the inside leg of those.
Keeping track of these magic numbers means everything you buy should fit you! And don’t forget to write them down too – No ones’ memory is as good as they remember!